2016 Issue 6
EFFECTIVE DATE: November 9, 2016
The "Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment " (Attorney General's Opinion 2016-007)
THE ARKANSAS MEDICAL MARIJUANA AMENDMENT OF 2016
§ 8. Licensing of dispensaries and cultivation facilities.
(m)(3)(A) A dispensary may grow or possess:
(i) Fifty (50) mature marijuana plants at any one (1) time plus seedlings;
(ii) All usable marijuana derived from the plants under subdivision (m)(3)(A)(i) of this section or predecessor plants.
§ 20. No implied repeal.
(b) This amendment acknowledges that marijuana use, possession, and distribution for any purpose remains illegal under federal law.
Just for reference, here is the federal penalty for six marijuana plants:
$250,000/$1 million — up to 5 years in prison — 21 U.S.C. § 841(b)(1)(D) (2018)
21 U.S.C. § 841(b)(1)(A)(vii)
1000 kilograms (2204.62 pounds / 1.10231 tons) or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of marihuana, or 1,000 or more marihuana plants regardless of weight
$10/50 million — 10 years to life in prison
21 U.S.C. § 841(b)(1)(B)(vii)
100 kilograms (220.462 pounds / 0.110231 tons) or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of marihuana, or 100 or more marihuana plants regardless of weight
$5/25 million — 5 to 40 years in prison
21 U.S.C. § 841(b)(1)(C)
50 to 99 kilograms or 50 to 99 plants
$1/5 million — up to 20 years in prison
21 U.S.C. § 841(b)(1)(D)
less than 50 kilograms of marihuana, except in the case of 50 or more marihuana plants regardless of weight, 10 kilograms of hashish, or one kilogram of hashish oil,
$250,000/$1 million — up to 5 years in prison
21 U.S.C. § 844
Any person who violates this subsection may be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not more than 1 year, and shall be fined a minimum of $1,000, or both,
except that if he commits such offense after a prior conviction under this subchapter or subchapter II of this chapter, or a prior conviction for any drug, narcotic, or chemical offense chargeable under the law of any State, has become final, he shall be sentenced to a term of imprisonment for not less than 15 days but not more than 2 years, and shall be fined a minimum of $2,500,L
except, further, that if he commits such offense after two or more prior convictions under this subchapter or subchapter II of this chapter, or two or more prior convictions for any drug, narcotic, or chemical offense chargeable under the law of any State, or a combination of two or more such offenses have become final, he shall be sentenced to a term of imprisonment for not less than 90 days but not more than 3 years, and shall be fined a minimum of $5,000.
21 U.S.C. § 844a
(a) In general Any individual who knowingly possesses a controlled substance that is listed in section 841(b)(1)(A) of this title in violation of section 844 of this title in an amount that, as specified by regulation of the Attorney General, is a personal use amount shall be liable to the United States for a civil penalty in an amount not to exceed $10,000 for each such violation.
(b) Income and net assets The income and net assets of an individual shall not be relevant to the determination whether to assess a civil penalty under this section or to prosecute the individual criminally. However, in determining the amount of a penalty under this section, the income and net assets of an individual shall be considered.
(c) Prior conviction A civil penalty may not be assessed under this section if the individual previously was convicted of a Federal or State offense relating to a controlled substance.
(d) Limitation on number of assessments A civil penalty may not be assessed on an individual under this section on more than two separate occasions.
(e) Assessment A civil penalty under this section may be assessed by the Attorney General only by an order made on the record after opportunity for a hearing in accordance with section 554 of title 5. The Attorney General shall provide written notice to the individual who is the subject of the proposed order informing the individual of the opportunity to receive such a hearing with respect to the proposed order. The hearing may be held only if the individual makes a request for the hearing before the expiration of the 30-day period beginning on the date such notice is issued.
- Creates the Arkansas Industrial Hemp Program including a 10 year research program
- Authorizes the State Plant Board to adopt rules to administer the research program and license growers
- Requires the State Plant Board to provide an annual report starting Dec. 31, 2018
- Allows the University of Arkansas’s Division of Agriculture and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission to work with the State Plant Board
- Establishes a separate program fund, which will include feeds collected and other sources of funding
2017 Act No. 981
EFFECTIVE DATE: April 7, 2017
1971 Act No. 590
Uniform Controlled Substances Act
EFFECTIVE DATE: April 7, 1971
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